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All the news and views from the world of energy storage and associated industries.

US launches lithium recycling prize and research centre

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has launched a Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Prize and an associated Battery Recycling R&D Centre, in a bid to reduce “America’s dependence on foreign sources of critical (battery) materials”.

Nano One signs LFP deal with China’s Pulead Technology

Canadian lithium battery cathode materials producer Nano One has signed a joint development agreement with Chinese cathode company Pulead Technology Industry.

Malaysia ‘looks to achieve first Li-ion production in ASEAN’

Datuk Madani Sahari

Within the next 18 months, Malaysia is set to become the first country in the Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to produce lithium-ion batteries, according to the CEO of Malaysia Automotive Robots and IoT Institute (MARII).

US-Chinese lithium cell supply agreement

SimpliPhi logo

A three-year supply agreement for “no less than 19 million lithium batteries” has been signed between SimpliPhi Power and CBAK Energy Technology.

Toyota and Panasonic agree batteries joint venture

Shigeki Terashi

Japanese compatriots Panasonic and Toshiba have concluded contracts toward setting up a joint venture (JV) company related to the automotive prismatic battery business.

Anderman cautious on EV ‘expansion’

Menahem Anderman

Electric vehicle penetration of the global car fleet will be at less than 10% by 2025, industry guru Menahem Anderman has told BEST Battery Briefing.

Zap&Go forges ahead with R&D fast-charge centre

UK-based ‘carbon-ion’ developer Zap&Go is to build a new R&D facility in Oxford as it moves toward taking its next generation fast-charge technology to market.

‘Lead to power ahead for years to come’, say analysts

Automotive lead battery demand is in a “state of flux”, but market analysts have warned: “Don’t be too hasty in writing off the humble lead car battery”.

Germany names ‘national battery factory’ consortium

Federal research minister Karliczek  © BMBF / Hans-Joachim Rickel

Germany has revealed the partners of a new government-backed battery cell consortium, as part of plans to secure the nation’s “technological sovereignty in battery technology”.

Study to consider EU ‘green’ battery regulations

A study has been launched to inform potential new regulations stipulating the ‘green’ characteristics of batteries to be produced in the EU, BEST Battery Briefing can reveal.